Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with the hometown advantage for Sunday’s the Acura Sports Car Challenge Presented by the TLX Type S.
Dane Cameron and Olivier Pla will take on the 2.258-mile Ohio circuit in the No. 60 Acura ARX-05 DPi. Not only excited to compete on home soil, MSR is hoping to represent Acura well as the manufacturer headlines the event weekend.
The team is coming off of a podium finish at Sebring International Raceway in March. Having conquered two rough and tough endurance events, MSR now heads into the first sprint race of the IMSA season.
Although MSR will make its debut at Mid-Ohio with the Acura ARX-05 DPi, the team certainly doesn’t lack experience at it’s home track. From 2004-2013 MSR had 18 entries at the Mid-Ohio event and nearly captured a win in the 2010 round (finished P2). From 2018 to 2020, MSR transitioned into GTD competition at Mid-Ohio and scored back-to-back second place finishes in 2018 and 2019.
Now representing Acura at its home event, MSR is hoping to come out of it with a victory. The team has prepared for the event weekend with a single day test which saw Pla turn his first official laps around the course as he plans to make his debut at Mid-Ohio this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to racing at Mid-Ohio as it will be the home race for MSR and my first race around this track,” said Pla. “We tested here, so I had the chance to learn the track which I actually quite like. As always, the race will be super tight and intense and we will focus on managing traffic the best that we can. The third place finish at Sebring was good, but now we want more.”
Cameron brings with him to Mid-Ohio a victory (2019) and a second pace finish (2018) onboard the Acura ARX-05 DPi at the 2.258-mile track. Cameron now hopes to add a second Mid-Ohio win to his resume and to give MSR it’s first hometown victory.
“Mid-Ohio should be a good place for us to build on the momentum of our Sebring podium as we look towards getting our first win as a group,” said Cameron. “It was great to be able to test there after the long break we’ve had and give Oli (Pla) a few extra laps to be ready for his first race at Mid-Ohio. I know the ARX-05 is well suited to the track, so it presents a good opportunity to get that first win and it would be extra special to do it in Acura and Meyer Shank Racing’s backyard.”
The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio is set for a green flag start on Sunday, May 16 at 2:30pm ET.
Source. Sunday Group